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The 1977 Oldsmobile Omega V-6 Sports Pack SX Offered a Muscular Appearance Without All the Horsepower

Posted April 25, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

If you didn’t need your mid-to-late-1970s ride to be particularly fast, but still found a sporty look and precise handling alluring, automakers obliged by offering bucket seats, consoles, thick-rimmed steering wheels, gauges, stripes, spoilers, improved suspension systems, stylish wheels, and sticky raised-white-letter radial tires for many of their models.

Also arriving during the same decade were bigger bumpers, stronger roofs, standard electronic-ignition systems, and standard front disc brakes, among other items. What was missing, however, were the large-displacement powerful engines that were available just a few years before, and their higher compression ratios and premium fuel requirements. True dual exhaust systems were nixed with the advent of the catalytic converter, and performance rear-gear ratio options also faded away.

Who wants a car that looks fast, but isn't?

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04/25/2018 10:23 AM

The Seventies were the dark ages of automotive design. Ugly, heavy, and slow were the order of the day.

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04/25/2018 11:44 AM

Ugly, heavy, and slow

sounds like an 80's Corvette..

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04/25/2018 1:59 PM

Sounds like creeping EPA-sickness.

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04/26/2018 8:31 AM

Nah, the EPA hadn't hit its stride yet. People were still reeling from gasoline price increases. They wanted fuel efficient cars, but Detroit wasn't geared up for it. That V-6 was probably one of Detroit's first and was likely (correct me if I'm wrong) based on a Japanese design.

US auto manufacturers were so entrenched in V-8's and muscle, it took more than a decade to come up with decent small (4 & 6 cyl) engine designs, and forget about streamlining, boxy was in back in those days!

This is also the reason Japanese imports quickly gained a foothold on the US market. They were already making itty-bitty cars that got good fuel mileage. They marketed them well and made bank on it.

Think about it, if you've got a choice between the ugly Olds and the ugly Datsun, but the Datsun gets twice the mileage, what are you going to buy?

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